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Young Modern

Young Modern
Studio album by
Released31 March 2007 (Australia)[1]
24 July 2007 (USA)[2]
RecordedApril-November 2006
Silverchair chronology
Live from Faraway Stables
Young Modern
Singles from Young Modern
  1. "Straight Lines"
    Released: 10 March 2007
  2. "Reflections of a Sound"
    Released: 14 July 2007
  3. "If You Keep Losing Sleep"
    Released: 9 October 2007
  4. "Mind Reader"
    Released: 23 February 2008

Young Modern is the fifth and final studio album by Australian alternative rock band Silverchair, released on 31 March 2007 and co-produced by Daniel Johns and Nick Launay. The title comes from a nickname given to Daniel Johns by composer Van Dyke Parks.[3] The tracks "Straight Lines", "Reflections of a Sound", "If You Keep Losing Sleep" and "Mind Reader" were released as singles. Young Modern entered the Australian albums chart at No. 1 on 15 April 2007, their fifth consecutive album to do this, making Silverchair the first band to accomplish this feat in Australia.[1] The album was certified Triple Platinum by the ARIA,[1] peaked at No. 70 on the US Billboard 200 chart and opened at No. 8 on the New Zealand albums chart. Young Modern won six ARIA Awards in 2007, including Best Group, Best Rock Album, Single of the Year (for "Straight Lines") and Album of the Year. At the J Awards of 2007, the album was nominated for Australian Album of the Year.[4]

Recording and production

Silverchair spent five weeks in the Australian Hunter Region in late 2005 to practice and sharpen material that Daniel Johns had previously written. Following this, the band recorded intermediate full band demo versions of the songs. To record the final versions of these songs, the band travelled to Los Angeles to record with record producer Nick Launay at Seedy Underbelly Studios. Johns co-produced the album alongside Launay.[5] During the L.A. sessions, additional songs were written and recorded. Van Dyke Parks was hired to compose orchestral arrangements for three songs: "If You Keep Losing Sleep", "All Across the World" and the three part epic "Those Thieving Birds/Strange Behaviour".[6] Johns and Parks travelled to Prague to have the orchestral arrangements recorded by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.[7]

Unlike previous Silverchair albums, Young Modern was funded independently by the band, rather than by a record label. This was done to "remove the added label pressures", according to Billboard.[8] The name Young Modern comes from a nickname given to Silverchair's lead singer, Johns, by Van Dyke Parks during their time working together on Diorama in 2002.[9] The album features various guest appearances from Australian and international musicians such as Luke Steele, Julian Hamilton and Paul Mac, the latter of whom performed with Johns as The Dissociatives.[10]

Album and single releases

Young Modern was released on 31 March 2007 in Australia,[1] and 24 July 2007 in the United States of America.[11][2] The album was released in several versions--the original contained 11 songs, while the iTunes version contained an extra song, "English Garden". A limited edition DVD was also released, which contained a documentary entitled "The making of Young Modern", as well as the "Straight Lines" music video.[11] The album's artwork (as well as the music video for "Reflections of a Sound") is a three-dimensional homage to Mondrian art; specifically, it is a direct reference to Composition with Red Blue and Yellow and its variants.

The first single from Young Modern, "Straight Lines", was released on 10 March 2007,[12] a week before the album's release.[13] "Straight Lines" entered the ARIA Charts at No. 1 on 25 March 2007, and held that rank for four weeks.[14] It also peaked at No. 11 on the RMNZ charts.[15] "Straight Lines" was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.[16] On 28 October 2007, "Straight Lines" won Best Selling Australian Single at the ARIA Music Awards of 2007, as well as Single of the Year.[17]

The second single, "Reflections of a Sound", was released on 14 July 2007 as a digital single.[18] The music video for "Reflections of a Sound" was first screened on 8 June 2007, and was produced by Damon Escott and Stephen Lance of Head Pictures.[19]

The third single from Young Modern was "If You Keep Losing Sleep", released on 9 October 2007.[20] The song spent one week on the ARIA charts at No. 16, before dropping out of the charts.[14] The music video for "If You Keep Losing Sleep" was orchestrated by Van Dyke Parks, and was produced by Damon Escott and Stephen Lance, who also created the "Reflections of a Sound" video.[21] The video was described by Molly Meldrum as "the best video I've seen from Australia ever".[22]Young Modern's fourth single, "Mind Reader", was released as an internet-only single on 23 February 2008. It had first appeared on radio in January that year.[23]


Young Modern was received with high acclaim from reviewers. AllMusic's review said the album contained "catchy melodic hooks, inspired lyrical themes, and stunning string arrangements", and called it the "pinnacle of the band's fascinating development". Reviewer Clayton Bolger heaped praise on most of the songs on the album, calling "Straight Lines" an "instant rock classic".[9]

Rolling Stone reviewer David Fricke called Silverchair's members "young (in their late twenties)...[and] aggressively modern",[27] and Entertainment Weekly called the album a "polished glam-rock suite".[24] Sputnikmusic reviewer Tyler Fisher also approved of the album, although he did not think it was as good as it was made out to be, commenting "It is not as good as the ARIA awards will undoubtedly make it out to be but still one of the better mainstream listens of the year."[6]

During his weekly entertainment segment on the popular Australian breakfast show Sunrise, Australian music personality Molly Meldrum made a sincere comparison of the album to the classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Nick Pearson of PopMatters, meanwhile, was critical of the album. He began his review with the statement "Once you reach the level of intellectual maturity where you can tell the difference between cryptic but poetic lyrics and nonsensical crap, you have outgrown Silverchair", and continued in the same fashion throughout. Pearson likened Johns to Kurt Cobain, saying they share a common inability; "his inability to write lyrics". His only praise was for the third single released from the album, "If You Keep Losing Sleep", stating "'If You Keep Losing Sleep' is proof that Silverchair are capable of recording interesting music".[26]

The song "Straight Lines" was featured as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band in 2010.[28]

Track listing

All songs written by Daniel Johns unless otherwise noted.[11]

  1. "Young Modern Station" (Johns, Julian Hamilton) - 3:11
  2. "Straight Lines" (Johns, Hamilton) - 4:18
  3. "If You Keep Losing Sleep" - 3:20
  4. "Reflections of a Sound" - 4:09
  5. "Those Thieving Birds (Part 1) / Strange Behaviour / Those Thieving Birds (Part 2)" - 7:26
  6. "The Man That Knew Too Much" - 4:20
  7. "Waiting All Day" (Johns, Hamilton) - 4:29
  8. "Mind Reader" (Johns, Hamilton) - 3:07
  9. "Low" - 3:48
  10. "Insomnia" - 3:06
  11. "All Across the World" - 4:01

iTunes Store bonus tracks

  1. "English Garden" - 4:23
  2. "Straight Lines" (The Presets Remix) - 3:53 (iTunes special edition)

Bonus DVD

  1. The making of Young Modern documentary.[11]
  2. "Straight Lines" music video
  • A vinyl version of the album has been made limited to 1000 copies worldwide (400 Available in Australia and 600 elsewhere)



Weekly charts

Chart (2007) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[30] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[31] 8
US Billboard 200[32] 70

Year-end charts

Chart (2007) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[33] 9


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] 3× Platinum 210,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2007 ARIA Music Awards Album of the Year Young Modern Won[1]
Single of the Year "Straight Lines" Won[1]
Highest Selling Single "Straight Lines" Won[1]
Best Group Silverchair Won[1]
Best Rock Album Young Modern Won[1]
Best Video "Straight Lines" Won[35]
Highest Selling Album Young Modern Nominated[1]
Best Cover Art Young Modern Nominated[1]
J Awards Australian Album of the Year Young Modern Nominated[4]
MTV Australia Video Music Awards Video Vanguard -- Won[36]
Best Group "Straight Lines" Nominated[36]
Video of the Year "Straight Lines" Nominated[36]
2008 APRA Music Awards Song of the Year "Straight Lines" Won[37]
Most Played Australian Work "Straight Lines" Won[37]
Songwriter of the Year Daniel Johns Won[37]

See also


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  2. ^ a b "This week's US releases: 24 July 2007". NME. 24 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Daniel Johns (Silverchair) Interview". Modern Guitars Magazine. 8 January 2008. Archived from the original on 11 January 2008. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ a b "The J Award 2007". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Young Modern Review". Jeremy Bustin. Justpressplay. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Young Modern Review". Tyler Fisher. SputnikMusic. Retrieved 2007.
  7. ^ "Young Modern -- Silverchair -- Product Description". Retrieved 2007.
  8. ^ "Biography -- Silverchair". Billboard. Retrieved 2007.
  9. ^ a b c "Young Modern > Review". Clayton Bolger. Allmusic. Retrieved 2007.
  10. ^ "Silverchair -- Young Modern". Open Your Eyes. Blogspot. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  11. ^ a b c d "Young Modern (CD & DVD Version)". JB Hi Fi. Retrieved 2007.
  12. ^ "SILVERCHAIR To Debut New Single, Video This Friday". Blabbermouth. 29 January 2007.
  13. ^ "Siverchair Straight Lines". Retrieved 2007.
  14. ^ a b "Silverchair -- Straight Lines". Retrieved 2007.
  15. ^ "Silverchair -- Straight Lines". Retrieved 2007.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts -- Accreditations - 2007 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 2007.
  17. ^ "2007 Winners and Nominees". ARIA. Archived from the original on 2 December 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  18. ^ Silverchair head back to the U.S.. Musichead. Retrieved on 17 July 2007.
  19. ^ Michele Yamazaki. "Silverchair -- Reflections of a Sound". Inspirations. Toolfarm. Retrieved 2007.
  20. ^ "If you Keep Losing Sleep". CDUniverse. Retrieved 2007.
  21. ^ "Silverchair If You Keep Losing Sleep". The Inspiration Room Daily. Retrieved 2007.
  22. ^ "Molly Meldrum review of "If You Keep Losing Sleep" video". The Guild. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  23. ^ "Missy & Silverchair top the charts for 2007!". Access All 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  24. ^ a b Simon Vozick-Levinson (23 July 2007). "Young Modern". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007.
  25. ^ MIKAEL WOOD (23 July 2007). "Silverchair - CD Reviews". Retrieved 2011.
  26. ^ a b Nick Pearson. "Silverchair - Young Modern". PopMatters. Retrieved 2007.
  27. ^ a b David Fricke (23 August 2007). "Young Modern". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007.
  28. ^ "Rock Band Gets Dio, The Smiths, Underoath and More". IGN. 10 September 2010.
  29. ^ "Silverchair Young Modern". CD Universe. Retrieved 2007.
  30. ^ " - Silverchair - Young Modern". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  31. ^ " - Silverchair - Young Modern". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  32. ^ "Silverchair Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  33. ^ "2007 ARIA Albums Charts". Retrieved 2020.
  34. ^ "ARIA Accreditations 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2020.
  35. ^ "2007 ARIA Awards Winners". Retrieved 2020.
  36. ^ a b c "2007 MTV AVMAs winners and nominees". Ninemsn. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012.
  37. ^ a b c "APRA Music Awards Song of the Year - 2004 Nominations". Australasian Performing Right Association. Archived from the original on 6 September 2007.

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